Article Title: How to be a Good Communicator - in Business and in Life (from 'Steps to Success, Prosperity and Happiness' )

Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Success, Success Principles, Motivation, Inspiration, Sports Psychology, Sport, Mind, Mind Control, Positive Thinking, Books, Self help books and Positive Psychology (enough there now, craig!)
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Craig's blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://craiglock.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth,
self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, 'spiritual writings' (how 'airey-fairey'), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

We hope that the following new article (an extract from Chapter Two of one of Craig's first manuscripts ("rather wacky") titled 'STEPS TO SUCCESS, PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS' written "many many moons ago" may be informative and helpful to your ezine readers, or on your web site. If it helps others "out there" on the pathway to success (and most importantly, happiness), then we're very happy. "We share what we know, so that we all may grow."

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How to be a Good Communicator - in Business and in Life

COMMUNICATION:

How to be a good communicator and how to make the most of your
relationships:

* Be interested in other people - show that you are by asking questions (but don't be insincere or hypocritical - nice word).
Not mundane comments about the weather. Say something interesting like: "How's the back yard?" Be tactful. Don't say, "has grannie 'popped off' yet?"

* Be punctual - this shows you are responsible, courteous and respectful of other's time.

* Enjoy other people's company and have FUN.

* Tell the good news (without being a "Bible-basher", please). Be positive and other people will enjoy your company.

* Be decisive - this shows confidence

* Like yourself and be positive about your life. Doing this will draw others towards you.
Cultivate a positive attitude of enthusiasm, hope and especially faith in the future.

* Keep your sense of humour. Hope you've still got one after reading all this!

* Tell people what you like about them without embarrassing them.

* Be realistic in your goals, plans and desires; yet they should stretch you.

* Look at people, when you talk to them.

* Spend time alone with your partner/"significant other". Go on walks together. If you are not in a close relationship, discuss
what's happening in your life from time to time with a close friend. If like me, you don't have one, join "rent-a-friend".

* Give and take in your relationships.

* Smile often (not inanely).

* Respect people (for what they are).

* Recognise that right and wrong are never black and white. There are always three sides to any story: your side, the other person's...and the TRUTH.

* Try to put yourself in the other person's shoes (only if they fit you). I like walking a mile in another man's shoes. By the time he finds out, I'm a mile away and I've got his shoes as a "freebie"!

* Watch, wait and listen when developing relationships.

* Be assertive, but cautious.

* Don't gossip, backbite and backstab. Treat others, as you'd LIKE to be treated yourself - with dignity and respect.

* Personal integrity is crucial at ALL TIMES. Be true to your values and beliefs...

and most importantly,

as you travel down the journey of life, JUST BE YOURSELF.

LIVE, LOVE and BE HAPPY.

Craig Lock ("Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder")

* "luck", as they say, is where preparedness (is there such
a word?) meets opportunity

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."

"If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams,
and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined,
one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
- Henry David Thoreau

'Without legends, dreams die."

"When dreams die, there is no opportunity for greatness.
Greatness is a measure in one's spirit, not in the results
of one's rank in human affairs."

"To dream anything that you want to dream,

that is the beauty of the human mind.

To do anything that you want to do,

that is the strength of the human will.

To trust yourself, to test your limits,

that is the courage to succeed."
- Bernard Edmonds, American Writer

"Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to
follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
-- Erica Jong

"If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed.

If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed.

If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it,

he has gloriously succeeded and has a
satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know."
- Thomas Wolfe

"The person born with a talent they are meant to use will
find their greatest happiness in using it."

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"Together, one mind at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials."

PPS

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the often seemingly difficult or even
’impassible’) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”

- craig

"We make a living by what we get...but we make a life by what we give."
- Norman MacEwan

“Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
today is a gift,
and that is why it is called the present.”
- anon

Author's Bio: 

About the Author:

Craig likes (rather loves) to share knowledge and insights from his life experiences with dashes of humour to try and help others in 'every little way' he can...
without being too much of a "Mr goody-goody boring" two shoes" www.craiglockbooks.com www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that Craig "felt inspired to write" are available at https://www.xinxii.com/adocs.php?aid=16831
http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock and www.lulu.com/craiglock

The submitter's blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://craiglock.wordpress.com

"Together, one mind at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.